Birmingham City Council

Light Christmas tree in memory of loved ones

Light Christmas tree in memory of loved ones

The Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal is inviting people to sponsor a light on the Christmas tree of light in memory of someone they have loved and lost.

The tree will stand outside the Council House in Victoria Square, Birmingham during the Christmas season.

The names of everyone for whom a light is sponsored will be recorded in a ‘Book of Lights’ to be kept in the main entrance to the Council House during the month of December.

The tree will be presented to the Lord Mayor by Sandvik at a ceremony with Ex Cathedra at 1645 hours on Monday 7 December. Everyone is welcome to come and join the Lord Mayor for this event.

The Lord Mayor said, “Christmas is a special time for friends and family. It is a time when we often recall memories of those we have lost especially in recent years. I am asking people from all walks of life to celebrate the life of a loved one by sponsoring a light on the tree. I hope this will be a positive way of giving comfort to the bereaved while helping to generate much needed funds for the Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal.”

A minimum of £5.00 will cover the cost of each light and any additional donation will be much appreciated.

A number of charities are set to benefit from money raised, including the Birmingham fund for pancreatic cancer research, St. Basils, Engineering Scholarships and W.A.I.T.S (Women Acting In Today’s’ Society).

If you wish to sponsor a light please ring 0121 303 2040/ 0121 303 1999 with your credit/debit card details or pop into the Council House during office hours.

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Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969.

Notes to editors

1. Birmingham fund for pancreatic cancer research is a new charity, established during the current Mayoralty that will raise funds and award grants to support research into cancer of the pancreas.

2. St. Basils, a charity that supports young people, providing them with services, advice, mediation and guidance, and tackling and preventing homelessness.

3. Engineering Scholarships, a fund to support the study and practice of Engineering in Birmingham at various levels and in a range of forms.

4. W.A.I.T.S. (Women Acting In Today’s’ Society ) enabling women to address issues and overcome barriers, combating isolation and providing help to increase the involvement of women in the public life and business of communities throughout the city.

  • Category: Housing
  • Reference number: 568-LM
  • Issue date: 27 November 2009